Impressive fundraising to pay for specialist nurse

PUBLISHED: 12:30 01 November 2016

Cheque presentation at The Mede, Topsham.

Cheque presentation at The Mede, Topsham.


A dementia day care home in Topsham is able to afford a specialist nurse after raising £125,000.

The Mede, a respite care home which provides support for those living with dementia and their family members, is to invest in an Admiral Nurse, a specialist carer, which costs £50,000 per year, thanks to fundraising.

Sallie Rutledge, owner of The Mede, praised the kindness of the donation.

She said: “What got me was the generosity of so many people. The support from the local community was fantastic.”

Alongside a donation, the money was raised at The Dementia Ball, which was held at The Ocean, Exmouth, in aid of Friends of The Mede and Dementia UK. The event, which included an auction, was attended by businesses and family members of dementia sufferers.

Liz Ayre, a committee member of The Mede, hailed the event as a success and praised owner Sallie Rutledge for her support.

She said: “The ball was beyond our wildest dreams.

“We wanted to raise a huge amount of money for Sallie and Dementia UK.

“What Sallie does is incredible. It helps so many. She is a constant support to local families who are in constant need of respite.”

The business development officer at Dementia UK, Rachel Johnstone, said the money raised would help provide vital support.

She said: “We are delighted that such a fantastic amount of money has been raised within the Topsham and wider East Devon community area.

“This will enable us to help more families to face dementia and fulfil our mission to ensure that there is an Admiral Nurse for everyone who needs their vital and specialist support.”

For more information about the Friends of the Mede, contact Sallie Rutledge at

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